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Behind the scenes things that happened with famous moments

It just got me thinking, with a little bit of insight you can discover things that happened behind the scenes in a famous hockey moment.

For example, Phil Esposito has never been shy about the things he did. His book tells it all. In the opening game of the 1972 Summit Series we all remember Esposito purposely winning the ceremonial face off to make a statement. Earlier in that afternoon he had been running around on his wife Linda with his eventual future wife Donna. He slept with her that afternoon at the same hotel - the Chateau Champlain in Montreal - where the team was staying. Esposito had gotten her a private room and he snuck over there and according to him they made love "all afternoon".

Does that explain the sluggish play from Esposito that game? haha

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... oh my. Havent read his book, wasnt aware of that one. Pretty sleazy to say the least. As for it affecting his performance on the ice, really couldnt say.... There was also that comment by Eagleson at the time, that he planned to keep the players happy in Moscow by flying in their wives with mattresses strapped to their backs..... the incident in Springfield in the 50's when after a losing streak Eddie Shore calls a Team Meeting, the players told their wives presences would be required. He then launches into an embarrassing lecture delivered to the women specifically that they were essentially zapping their husbands strength with too much hanky panky and that on game days they were to leave their husbands alone. Rather uncomfortable scene Im sure.

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When my dad played minor league baseball in the 50's they were required to take salt peter during spring training to snuff out any sexual urges. I'm surprised Eagleson didn't do something as drastic or worse for the 72 series.

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There is a story in DC's first book when he gets to coach Team Canada at the 81 WC. First of all a defenseman from Austria or Switzerland catches Lafleur with his head down and knocks him into next week. Lafleur still played but with a helmet I believe and likely through a concussion. There's more though. Larry Robinson, the ultimate team player, is dancing around in his hotel room with extra long Q-tips in his ears saying "I'm a Martian." Well, he forgets they're extra long and punctures an ear drum when going to take them out. So here's Cherry, finally getting to coach the two players that killed the Bruins the most and they end up being useless to him. Poor Grapes.

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There is a story in DC's first book when he gets to coach Team Canada at the 81 WC. First of all a defenseman from Austria or Switzerland catches Lafleur with his head down and knocks him into next week.
Neither Austria nor Switzerland played at the 1981 WC.

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So here's Cherry, finally getting to coach the two players that killed the Bruins the most and they end up being useless to him. Poor Grapes.
Robinson was voted best defenceman in that tournament. Hardly useless.

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Neither Austria nor Switzerland played at the 1981 WC.



Robinson was voted best defenceman in that tournament. Hardly useless.
I think it was a player from the Netherlands. And maybe it was 82 or 83 Robinson did that. The Habs were knocked out in the first round both years. I can't recall. Its been over 20 years since I read the book.

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Somebody mention Guy Lafleur?

Well known Lafleur played hard & partied harder back in the 70's, early 80's. At anyrate, he had a sponsorship deal with a Chevy Dealer, supplied with a new Caprice every year. Many was the time Guy, having a snoot full & making his way home at 3-4am would travel the backroads in order to avoid detection by the cops, get himself Busted for DUI.

However, being the Hero that he was, no cop was going to bust Guy Lafleur in Quebec, and often if they spotted him weaving down back roads, theyd actually give him escorted drives to his home. One night however Lafleur fell asleep at the wheel, the Caprice taking out a fence before hitting a poll, part of which went right through the front window narrowly missing his head.

Cops come along, see the Caprice off the road, lights on, recognize it as Guy Lafleurs car, go running over at top speed worried beyond panic that The Flower could well be dead. Lafleurs sitting there with his head slumped over, no sign of consciousness nor thankfully any sign of injury or blood. So the cop shakes his shoulder a few times with "Guy, Guy, wake up, wake up".... Lafleur slowly comes to still completely inebriated, asking the cop "did I score a goal"?.... cop replys with "no Guy, you hit the post".

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Speaking of Guy Lafleur he got himself in a car accident with none other than a young Wayne Gretzky in the passenger seat, so the story goes. I'm trying to guess that this was around the 1981 Canada Cup time.

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Speaking of Guy Lafleur he got himself in a car accident with none other than a young Wayne Gretzky in the passenger seat, so the story goes. I'm trying to guess that this was around the 1981 Canada Cup time.
Yeah, about 6 months after the accident Killion described. Don't know if he was drinking then. Also in the incident Killion described, Lafleur lost an ear lobe from the pole. That's how close it came to beheading him. My friends used to bug me that The Flower tried to pierce his ear with a telephone pole.

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I think it was a player from the Netherlands.
I think somebody on here has mentioned before that it was Rick van Gog, a Dutch Canadian who earlier played in the OHL. LaFleur was wearing a helmet and it gave him a nasty cut.

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I think somebody on here has mentioned before that it was Rick van Gog, a Dutch Canadian who earlier played in the OHL.
Ya, another thread & earlier... Lafleur & Robinson had been up & in-transit for 2 days and when they arrived, Ferguson suggested they play an Exhibition that was scheduled in order to get used to the bigger ice. First shift, Lafleur takes a blind pass from Lucien Deblois & BAM, lights out. Rick van Gog. Canadian born & raised of Dutch ancestry who played a year in the OHA and then spent his entire pro career in the Dutch Elite League while also playing for their National Team.

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Been often rumoured why Bruins of early '70s didn't win more cups was because guys like Phil and Sanderson partied to hard

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Other ones:

Reggie Leach was apparently drunk (or badly hungover) when he scored those 5 goals in the 1976 playoff game against the Bruins. Leach regrets living this lifestyle now, but it's sort of ironic that he played so well that game when all bets were off that he would have.

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